SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS, PHYSICIANS, AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS ARE MISSING AN UNPARALLELED, REAL-WORLD EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL, DURING THE SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, ONGOING PANDEMIC. AN EVEN BETTER COURSE THAN GOVERNMENT DICTUMS AND NEWS MEDIA SOUND BITES, THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL TIME TO TEACH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ABOUT: U.S. AND WORLD HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, NEWS AND OTHER INFORMATION MEDIA, INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, POLITICS, MANUFACTURING, SUPPLY CHAIN, SHIPPING, AIR TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, BIOLOGY, ANIMAL SCIENCE, VIROLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY, GERM/BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, IMMUNOLOGY, PRIMARY CARE, CARDIOLOGY, NEUROLOGY, NEPHROLOGY, PULMONOLGY, CRITICAL CARE, EMERGENCY MEDICINE, HOSPITAL MEDICINE, INFECTIOUS DISEASE, HOSPICE, MENTAL HEALTH, GENETICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND STATISTICS (just to name a few areas affected by the pandemic)

People glean from the internet and social media what is put before them and what search engines give as the top search results.

With the internet of rapidly available information, anyone can rapidly check an official’s or a specialist’s word, work, current and previous statements, and with help of opinion blogs, obtain contrarian information and other viewpoints.

Scientists, physicians, educators, and politicians need to stop shying away from the (long-form) discussions and explanations of difficult concepts and difficult situations. Education has never been just in the classroom. During this pandemic, the entire world has become a classroom.

It is important for the rest of us to understand that, often, our leaders, and experienced specialists in all these different domains of knowledge, are: not sure, don’t know, misspeak, have insufficient information, and make wrong assumptions…all while learning by the hour, and modifying their statements as the pandemic rapidly evolves over the last 2.5 years.

Now, more than ever, scientists, educators, public officials, and media commentators need to explain their thinking, their sourcing of information, the implications and consequences of the stated information and stated policies, as well as how public officials, scientists, physicians and educators plan on adjusting policies and recommendations in the face of newer and better information.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

July 5, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

2 thoughts on “SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS, PHYSICIANS, AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS ARE MISSING AN UNPARALLELED, REAL-WORLD EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL, DURING THE SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, ONGOING PANDEMIC. AN EVEN BETTER COURSE THAN GOVERNMENT DICTUMS AND NEWS MEDIA SOUND BITES, THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL TIME TO TEACH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ABOUT: U.S. AND WORLD HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, NEWS AND OTHER INFORMATION MEDIA, INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, POLITICS, MANUFACTURING, SUPPLY CHAIN, SHIPPING, AIR TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, BIOLOGY, ANIMAL SCIENCE, VIROLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY, GERM/BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, IMMUNOLOGY, PRIMARY CARE, CARDIOLOGY, NEUROLOGY, NEPHROLOGY, PULMONOLGY, CRITICAL CARE, EMERGENCY MEDICINE, HOSPITAL MEDICINE, INFECTIOUS DISEASE, HOSPICE, MENTAL HEALTH, GENETICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND STATISTICS (just to name a few areas affected by the pandemic)

  1. Hi, Dr. Tadros! I am getting back to checking your blog. I agree so thoroughly with this entry. The world (including current events) is our classroom. People should never stop learning, questioning, and researching.

    1. Hi Kristin! Please say hello to your wonderful family. Yes, for all those graduates who never want to see another classroom or take another test…the rest of their lives and the world around them are a constant classroom (with bigger consequences than any exam).

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